I am a 40 y/o female. I have just recently had a neck ultrasound,echo,worn the holter monitor, and had a treadmill stress test.I had these tests done due to having two abnormal EKG's and having continual heart palpitations for the last 5 weeks. I notice them mostly when I am sitting doing something. I was diagnosed when I was about 16 with having mitral valve prolaps/regurg. I had rheumatic fever when I was four w/heart murmur. My current test results were: neck ultrasoind-normal, Echo-showed the MVP, the holter monitor-showed PVC's, the stress test-I failed. My dr explained that during rest there was more blood flow in my heart as compared to the stressed test.
Mr dr said I had three choices: I could do nothing and continue on the meds I was currently on(I've never taken anything for MVP), or I could start taking a beta blocker(he gave me metoprolol 25mg) and he said that he would suggest me having a heart cath to see if/where a blockage might be and have it fixed. My question is, does this sound like the right direction I should go in, I'm worried about taking the beta blocker and I have a sever allergic reaction to the contrast dye when I had it done at the age of 16. Is this something I should act on right away, I am scheduled to go back to my heart dr in march after being on the beta blocker that long. at that time, I would most likely have to schedule the heart cath. I am just really concerned about the heart palps that I am feeling all of a sudden(constantly- because I have had them off and on as far as I can remember-just not constant)
Thanks for any information.